Stakeholders laud Dokubo for steps to develop Niger Delta
Stakeholders in the Niger Delta have lamented that successive coordinators of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) neglected the development of the region, which was a critical component of the amnesty initiative.
The stakeholders comprising elders, opinion leaders and professionals drawn from various states across the Niger Delta said previous coordinators of PAP had mainly focused on amnesty and payment of stipends to ex-agitators, but were not concerned with developing the region.
Speaking in Abuja at the official opening of a four-day retreat for members of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Committee constituted recently by the coordinator of PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, technical coordinator of the committee, Dr. Ferdinand Ikwang, expressed joy that the incumbent PAP boss took steps towards developing the Niger Delta region and gave the people hope.
Ikwang, who, on behalf of members of the committee, presented an overview of the PAP since its inception in 2009, noted that Dokubo demonstrated commitment to move the PAP forward.
“Every other coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP focused on amnesty and forgot developing the Niger Delta region. This is the first time a coordinator is focusing on development of the Niger Delta.”